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Release 7.21m, 29 September 2021
- Missing image file(s) in page heading file template are now handled gracefully rather than triggering an AV error
Release 7.21l, 23 September 2021
- Fix for bug that could cause AV on reading in project with beam o.w. load
Release 7.21k, 13 September 2021
- Minor technical changes only
Release 7.21j, 23 July 2021
- When you selected 'Auto o.w.' for a beam the last PL (if one or more) was not shown on the beam loading diagram - fixed
- Column calculation printout revised slightly.
- Column calculations can no longer be done for slender sections subject to axial loads and bending (previously they were deprecated). Nearly all the affected sections are thin-walled hollow sections and would generally be a sub-optimal choice.
- Autosave code has been changed so as not to close any open edit dialog when it cuts in
Release 7.21i, 3/5 June 2021
- Important fix: For beams extended as cantilevers, the cantilever moment was erroneously taken as the moment at the span side of the reaction - fixed.
- The handling of automatically added beam self weights has been improved. Following a user suggestion, where selected the o.w. load is now placed at the top of the load table and is given a type of 'O'.
- Angle cleat connection calculations with just one set of bolts have been reworked.
- Fonts weren't correctly initialised on first-time install - fixed
- This release is built with Embarcadero Delphi Sydney 10.4.2 which hopefully fixes random stability errors reported by a few users.
- 5 June build: Fixes a problem with adding loads to a beam
Release 7.21h, 22 April 2021
- Previously for padstones you could only enter a height if the 'Unreinforced padstone' box was checked. Now you can enter a height in all cases.
- Deleting splice in beam edit dialog triggered error - fixed
- Beams added to project could be initialised with a grade of S355 although default steel grade set to S275 in User Setup dialog - fixed.
- Fixed bug that triggered error when you entered five intermediate lateral restraints in beam edit dialog.
Release 7.21g, 9 April 2021
- Problems with entering loads in beam edit dialog fixed
- Square root sign was not shown on some calculation sheets - fixed (presentational error, calculations correct)
- Check for Updates download screen now adds a scrolling indicator to show that downloading is in progress
Release 7.21f, 27 March 2021
- Fixed bug where beam load type entered in grid ignored
- When new beam is added to project notes from last beam are no longer brought forward as default
- Beam edit dialog no longer shows support options where these do not apply - fully restrained beam or user-entered effective length
- Flag message '... exceeds x% of permissible' wasn't shown where steel beam bending stress exceeded flag warning percentage - fixed
- Flange plate splice showed an OK message at the bottom when splice failed in bending (bending fail was prominently highlighted above) - fixed
- Flange plate splice calculation layout revised slightly
- Text page with no content and 'Link lines' checked caused range check error - fixed
Release 7.21e, 10 March 2021
- If a new heavier steel section was selected using the toolbar Steel Check button and Auto OW was selected, the o.w. figure wasn't updated - fixed
- 3x button on steel check dialog didn't work - fixed
Release 7.21d, 3/4 March 2021
- Steel check dialog returned wrong section if cold-formed section picked - fixed
- 4 Mar build: Previous 7.21 builds wouldn't let you deselect a column base once one had been added. Fixed and for clarity adding a base is now selected by Yes/No radio buttons instead of a checkbox; if No, the base data fields are hidden.
Release 7.21c, 28 Feb 2021
- Project Manager was not always updated when adding items or editing data - fixed
- Entered beam support conditions are now carried forward as defaults for next beam instead of being initialised to 'E' (1.0L)
- Default steel grade set in User Setup dialog wasn't saved on exiting program - was always set to S355 on restarting - fixed
- Steel Check button on toolbar and right-click 'Check' on steel calculation didn't work in 7.20b - fixed
- New beam and column windows are now created expanded if 'Expand' box in Project Manager is checked (user request)
- Masonry stress in beam edit dialog bearings page is now shown on a green background if derived from masonry strength calculator (as in 2016 and earlier releases)
- Independent (non-beam) end plate splice didn't save section size - fixed
- Several stability fixes
Release 7.21b, 19/21 Feb 2021
- Trying to add flange plate splice to beam could give end plate splice - fixed
- In connection dialog, column load was not updated when changing supported beam or changing from project beam to user-selected section - fixed
- Adding end plate beam splice caused AV error if bolt size missing - fixed (now bolt size cannot be blank)
- Where steel column 'extends above' box was checked, moment split calculation was incorrectly shown (values used in calc were correct) - fixed
- Text page didn't save 'Link lines' setting - fixed
- Moving item up or down in project manager could trigger AV - fixed
- Various small user interface and presentational improvements
- Feb 21 build: Fix for AV on adding column to an empty project
Release 7.21a, 16 Feb 2021
- Deflection calculation was wrong for PLs part way along cantilever (span=0) and part UDLs starting part way along cantilever.
- Beam analysis in 7.20a-d said figures were factored but unfactored printed.
- Project Manager font wasn't saved and recalled.
- Steel column printout didn't print hollow sections on load position diagram.
- Various small user interface improvements